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Alaskan Bird Watching - Embark Upon a Great Adventure! 

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Alaska? The things that many people naturally associate it with would be glaciers, thousands of miles of wilderness, and lots of snow. While these are not incorrect associations, there is also another little known treasure in Alaska: birds.

Depending on where you go, there are many different kinds of beautiful birds in Alaska. In fact, Alaska has become quite a popular place not just for vacations, but also for Alaskan bird watching trips.

More About Bird Watching in Alaska

There are many different landscapes in Alaska. These landscapes include the beautiful natural habitats of the boreal forests, the tundra, the rainforest, the artic, and the seacoast. Because of the wide variety of habitats in Alaska, there are many different opportunities for Alaskan bird watching.

There are certain times in the year during which  bird watching in Alaska is at its best . These times include peak migration times, salmon runs, and the breeding season. It is important to note that breeding and migration season may vary a bit according to the species of bird.

 

Bird Watching in Alaska: Look Out ForThe Sandhill Crane

One of the most  popular birds  to look for in Alaska is the Sandhill Crane, as it is Alaska‚Äôs largest game bird. This bird stands about 3 feet (1 metre) tall, and has a wing span of about 6 feet (1.8 metres). The Sandhill Crane can be found most prevalently on the Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta, and also on the coastal areas of northern and western Alaska. The best time to watch them is during their mating season, because they have quite a comical mating dance that has become a popular sight amongst bird watchers.

Bird Watching in Alaska: Observe The Great Gray Owl

For those who want to bird watch for a mysterious bird breed, the Great Gray Owl is an excellent choice. In fact, the Great Gray Owl is so reclusive that even many native Alaskans have never seen one. This owl grows to be about 19 inches tall, and has a wing span of about 4 and a half feet. It has been most often seen in Cook Inlet and the Brooks Range.

Where to Find More Information about Bird Watching in Alaska

To find out more information, why not visit your local library for books about different Alaskan bird species and their habitats. You can also check a local travel agency for information, or look for specific information on the internet. If you do your research properly, not only will you find specific bird breeds that you will enjoy observing, but you will also have planned what is sure to be an excellent bird watching trip to Alaska.

 

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